Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe is the example to follow for English managers, according to Chelsea boss Guus Hiddink.
Speaking ahead of Chelsea’s trip to the South Coast to face the Cherries, the Dutchman afforded some praise for the young Englishman’s side:
“There is not much to say about them, which is a very good sign, they are mostly out of the danger zone.” he is quoted by FourFourTwo.
Howe has guided Bournemouth to safety in their debut Premier League season, and Hiddink thinks the reason behind that is the man in charge. “It’s a fairytale story for them, it shows good management, good transfer policy. When you come up from bottom to the Premier League, [I am] very respectful.”
The 38 year-old has taken his team from League One to the top level of the domestic game in this country, chalking up high-profile victories against Manchester United and Chelsea in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, and Hiddink thinks this is a sign of what can happen when an English manager is at the helm.
“He is an example of how well an English manager can do. Giving chances to English managers – this is a beautiful example as to how you manage it.”.
Chances are hard to come by at the moment for English managers. Howe is one of only five English managers in the Premier League currently – Alan Pardew, Tony Pulis, Sam Allardyce and Eric Black are the other four from this country.
Despite this, Howe’s work has not gone unnoticed leading for some calls to see him appointed the next England manager in the future.
More immediately though, Howe will look to take another three points off of Chelsea this weekend before finishing the season against Everton, West Brom and Manchester United.